BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Detroit Medley Down Under
Bruce Springsteen did his first-ever show Tuesday night in Adelaide, Australia, where it’s summer and where there’s a heat wave.
This led him to open the show by asking the audience, “Why is it so ‘flipping’ hot here?’” And of course he turned up the heat by starting with Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” which was immediately followed by the first request of the night, Mitch Ryder’s “Detroit Medley.” The fan who held the sign requesting that song asked for it to be played in tribute to the late E Street Band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons. And for the second show in a row Springsteen did AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” as their late singer Bon Scott lived in Adelaide when he joined the band.
There’s no doubt that when they did the “Detroit Medley” this time that their guest guitarist Tom Morello was ready. He was unfamiliar with it last year when Springsteen decided to do it on the Australian tour, which Morello was on as a fill-in for Steve Van Zandt. Springsteen tells us Morello “is a younger guy by 20 years or something, so there’s a lot of things that people don’t know… It’s a lot of work to just come and sit in with the band.”
Show number-two in Adelaide is Wednesday night.